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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Joshilyn Jackson
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A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past--and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.


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"A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty proves again that Joshilyn Jackson is one the best writers of the new generation. This spellbinding novel unfolds through the voices of three women in one family: a grandmother, a mother, a young daughter. Jackson renders each of these women with vivid tenderness, ferocity, and great humor, so that the family itself becomes the fourth vital character in the story. You will find yourself rooting for them all, to the very last page."—Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama

"Reading A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous. It's a heart-thumping mystery, an edge-of-your-seat drama, and a fiercely sweet comedy all at once, with a fistful of crazy-brave characters who reach from up the wild pages and grip your heart. I loved this book about what it means to be a family for its big heart, its pitch-perfect dialogue and the clever plot twists I've come to expect from Jackson. Book clubs take note: Here's your next pick!"—Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!"—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine

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"A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty proves again that Joshilyn Jackson is one the best writers of the new generation. This spellbinding novel unfolds through the voices of three women in one family: a grandmother, a mother, a young daughter. Jackson renders each of these women with vivid tenderness, ferocity, and great humor, so that the family itself becomes the fourth vital character in the story. You will find yourself rooting for them all, to the very last page." (Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama )

"Reading A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous. It's a heart-thumping mystery, an edge-of-your-seat drama, and a fiercely sweet comedy all at once, with a fistful of crazy-brave characters who reach from up the wild pages and grip your heart. I loved this book about what it means to be a family for its big heart, its pitch-perfect dialogue and the clever plot twists I've come to expect from Jackson. Book clubs take note: Here's your next pick!" (Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House )

"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!" (Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine )

Product Details

  • File Size: 1542 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446582352
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RD8580
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless and gorgeous! January 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I'd never read anything by Joshilyn Jackson before and was honoured to receive an ARC from our shared agent. I'm now a fan. I'm off to buy the rest of her books today.

"A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty" dives fearlessly into the lives and psyches of three completely different women, including one who has suffered a massive stroke. The personalities of these women, shaped through hard, grasping lives, are so real, so accessible it makes it entirely natural to love and hate just as fiercely as they do. I roared at Jackson's straightforward humour; her dialogues are quick and smart and completely perfect. I thought I was tough, going through the book and living the women's pain without shedding a tear, but she got me in the end and the tears came from much deeper than I'd ever have expected.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, sass, wit - wonderful! January 15, 2012
Format:Hardcover
The novel starts out with Big (Virginia), 45 years old and her fears that something bad is going to happen. After all, something bad seems to happen every 15 years. She had her daughter Liza when she was 15 years old. In turn, Liza had her own daughter Mosey when SHE was 15. Liza had a massive stroke at Mosey's school dance when she was 30, and she is still recovering, unable to communicate and struggling to remember the tiniest things. With Mosey now getting ready to turn 15, Big worries that Mosey will repeat both her own and Liza's behavior, and end up pregnant at 15 as well.

Mosey, however, is determined that SHE will NOT follow in those footsteps. Despite being a virgin, she has a supply of pregnancy tests that she uses "just to be sure".

When a silver box with infant bones is found on Big's property as the willow tree is being removed to put a pool in for Liza's therapy, the mystery of where the bones came from and whose bones they are pulls at Big and the reader as Mosey and her friends work to figure it out as well.

Told in the alternating POV's of all three sassy women (Liza in third person, Big and Mosey in 1st), this tale of three women from "the wrong side of the tracks" is authentic and heartwarming, full of wit as well as sadness. You will cheer them on, and, applaud Big's strength as she faces the person who could tear her Mosey away from her.

I LOVED all of them. Closing the pages on this one was difficult, as I'd instantly become immersed in their story. I cheered Liza in her small steps to recover from her stroke and laughed at the way she "played" her mom sometimes. Big has a huge heart full of love and protectiveness for her family (a lioness, that woman!). Mosey is an awesome teen, and her quirky friendships made me smile.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing shy of remarkable January 30, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This one is to be highly anticipated. A well thought out mystery/suspense that'll leave you in shock. Jackson has thought of everything you could ask for in a book! Full of danger, love, heartache and hope.

In this remarkable story you will meet all three Slocumb women. Everyone calls the oldest in the family Big. Next we meet Big's daughter Liza, and finally the remarkable Mosey. Mosey is Liza's daughter, following in the bad line of Big's theory of the fifteen year doom.

They are upon the fifteen year mark and Liza has suffered a stroke. So bad off, she can't even talk, much less walk on her own. That's not where this story really starts though. It's when Big wants to cut down Liza's tree to put in a swimming pool for her therapy. Mosey begs her not to because that tree isn't just any ol' tree, it's special. Liza went to that tree for many reasons. To think, be alone, and even to put her sobriety pins on it. She was a part of that tree.

Mosey just can't get Big to change her mind. Mosey thinks the tree is better for Liza, Big thinks the pool will be. Alas, the tree comes down. And that's when everything goes downhill. As Liza comes screaming out the back door, a tiny little box is found with something inside. Something that will question just who Mosey is.
Everything has just been turned upside down. Their whole world and everything they knew.
What did Liza put in that box?
And how can Big fix it without Mosey finding out the truth?
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grown-Up kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson January 15, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the fifth book Jackson has written. Of the 5, I believe this is her best, so far.
You certainly don't want to put the book down until you are finished. It holds you and pulls you along with it.

Quite a lot of detail work was done by jackson to pull this one off so perfectly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story! April 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I haven't read a story this good in years! It's a mystery and a love story and a story about the strength of women all infused with so much humor that I laughed outloud! I literally could not put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. July 22, 2013
By Jenny
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful, warm, amazing book. The author has created characters that are imperfect, understandable, and real. Highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joshilyn Jackson does it again!!! March 2, 2013
Format:Paperback
Fifteen year old Mosey Slocumb wants to be like other girls her age. She wants to have close girl friends, she wants to date boys, and she wants to have a mom and a dad who love her to the core.

But none of this seems to be in the cards for her.

Mosey lives with her grandmother "Big" Virginia who feels that something bad happens every fifteen years. Why she had her own daughter, Mosey's mom, Liza, when she was 15. Liza in turn had Mosey at 15 and when Liza turned 30 she has a massive stroke, that seems to carry a lot of mystery around it.

Then as if life is not mixed up enough, while a pool is being put in for Liza's therapy a small box of infant bones is found during the dig and life takes yet another spin...

Whose bones are they and who holds the secret to that answer?

This is my third book/audio by Joshilyn Jackson. I have listened to Gods In Alabama, and Backseat Saints. All three of these audio books are narrated by the author and if you are an audio book person you are going to love her narration. If you are new to audio, these books would be wonderful starters as she is a captivating read.

A Grown Up Kind Of Pretty is a bit different from the previous two books I read. Because of Mosely's age and occasional first person narration of the book, you could almost call this a YA read. Almost. Big is also a first person narrator of the book and Liza comes in as a third person narration, mainly recalling the past and what she wishes she could change. The result of this style of writing is impressive as you are hearing from the three generations of women with only 15 years between each of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this story of a grandmother
I loved this story of a grandmother, daughter and grand daughter. The granddaughter tells the story of love, protection and secrets of the past. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valorie J. Marschall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Joshilyn Jackson is a wonderful storyteller. I always enjoy her novels. My only regret is I've read them all!
Published 1 month ago by sandy loboda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT book!
Published 2 months ago by hdpeters
4.0 out of 5 stars good, compelling read
I liked this. Every time I thought I had it figured out....another twist. I greatly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by C. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Joshilyn Jackson novel
The review of a Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson was written by Josephine Mattia for Writer’s Corner. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Writer's Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and insightful storytelling
This was my first book by Joshilyn Jackson and I'm looking forward to reading more by her. I feel that she's both a good and insightful storyteller. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Norway Mom
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Published 4 months ago by Mare
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a wonderful book! I read it in one day. Couldn't put it down!
Published 4 months ago by Ginny5373
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
This book was so wonderful and wonderfully written. You experience this whole ordeal through three very different people and I was pleased that all three had very distinct voices. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing story! I listened to this book on CDs
This is an amazing story! I listened to this book on CDs, read by the author. I usually read only mysteries. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KatyMcCoy
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More About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of six novels, most recently SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY

Her short novella, MY OWN MIRACULOUS, is the prequel to her latest title, and is available as an e book and an audio download.

She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and their two kids. She loves Bourbon and Hot Yoga (not together) and she has more dogs than you. Unless you have three.

She's also an award winning audiobook narrator.


Backlist:
GODS IN ALABAMA
BETWEEN,GEORGIA,
THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING,
BACKSEAT SAINTS
and A GROWN UP KIND OF PRETTY

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